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Arkansas court skeptical of reasons for banning unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children

March 17, 2011

By Guest Blogger Nancy Polikoff It's always risky to predict the outcome of a case based on oral argument. Nonetheless, I'll predict that the Arkansas Supreme Court will affirm the decision of a trial judge that the state's ban on adoption and fostering by anyone living with a nonmarital partner violates the state's constitution. The […]

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Fifth Circuit hears argument en banc tomorrow on case testing interstate recognition of adoption decrees

January 18, 2011

Early last year, a panel of the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Adar v. Smith that Louisiana was required to issue a new birth certificate naming two men as the parents of a child born in Louisiana, after the couple adopted the child together in New York. The Louisiana registrar of vital […]

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NC Supreme Court voids second-parent adoptions, allows custody

December 22, 2010

By Guest Blogger Nancy Polikoff The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled yesterday that second-parent adoption is not available in the state. Any such adoption previously granted is now void. The case was widely watched in North Carolina because, among other reasons, the nonbio mom, Julia Boseman, is the first openly gay member of the North Carolina […]

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“Member-designated” benefits may expand to meet the needs of openly gay servicemembers (and others!)

November 30, 2010

By Guest Blogger Nancy Polikoff The long-awaited Defense Department report on issues associated with repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) is now out. One of its tasks was to address the impact of repeal on various benefits available to servicemembers. The report takes great pains to explain the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which […]

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Vermont Supreme Court again rules in Janet Jenkins’ favor

November 1, 2010

by Nancy Polikoff In an opinion dated last Friday, the Vermont Supreme Court has upheld the order of a family court judge transferring custody of Isabella Miller-Jenkins to her nonbiological mother, Janet Jenkins. Isabella (identified as IMJ in the court rulings) has been underground with her biological mother, Lisa Miller, since the court ordered the […]

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Florida agency ends ban on gay adoptions

September 29, 2010

The Florida Department of Children and Families has responded to last week's ruling that the state's ban on adoptions by gay men and lesbians is unconstitutional, and the news is great. In a two page memo dated the day after the ruling, Alan Abramowitz, State Director of the Office of Family Safety, announced that the […]

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